Ajax’s Director of Football Marc Overmars has confirmed that Arsenal target Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer with the playmaker reported to have £25m release clause in his contract.
The 26-year-old has been one of the standout stars of Ajax’s squad this season, weighing in with 16 goals and 13 assists in the Eredivisie from a wide midfield position.
Ziyech also caught the eye during Ajax’s exhilarating run to the Champions League semi-final, scoring three goals and registering three assists overall including one apiece against Spurs in the semi-final.
The Morocco international will not be short of offers now that the transfer window has officially opened and already Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been credited with an interest.
Addressing Ziyech’s future, Overmars said: ‘He leaves when a top club comes.
He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.
‘Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer.’
Ziyech is also reported to have suitors outside of the Premier League with Bundesliga duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund monitoring developments.
Despite representing Morocco internationally, Ziyech grew up in the Netherlands and he has spent his entire career to date in the country of his birth, representing Heerenveen, FC Twente and now Ajax.
Ziyech has topped the Eredivisie’s assist charts in four of the last five seasons and since establishing himself during the 2013-14 campaign he has supplied 75 assists in total, considerably more than any other player in the division in that time.
Arsenal are believed to be operating under a strict budget this summer and Ziyech’s low release clause would certainly suit them, while Manchester United are on the lookout for a winger having been linked with Jadon Sancho and Nicolas Pepe.
Liverpool are not expected to be too busy in the transfer market this summer, however, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to move for Ziyech in order to provide competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the flanks.